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Community members enjoy a free ice skating party hosted by Rotary Club of Homer-Kachemak Bay, McDonalds and the City of Homer on Friday, Feb. 15, 2019 at Ben Walters Park and Beluga Lake in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Local groups celebrate new park equipment with winter time bash

To celebrate an upcoming project, three local entities hosted a free ice skating party last week on the temperamental Beluga Lake. The weather and the… Continue reading

 

Rep. David Talerico, R-Healy, speaks during a press conference with Rep. Sarah Vance, R-Homer, left, and Rep. Colleen Sullivan-Leonard, R-Wasilla, at the Capitol on Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Gov’s budget draws both concern and praise from local legislators

A proposed state budget from Gov. Mike Dunleavy brought both concern and praise from two lower Kenai Peninsula legislators. “It’s pretty shocking,” said Sen. Gary… Continue reading

 

A king salmon during the 67th annual Golden North Salmon Derby at the Don D. Statter Memorial Boat Harbor in August 2013. (Michael Penn/Juneau Empire)

Fish & Game puts restrictions on early run kings

If projections are realized, this year’s run would rank as the fourth lowest across 34 years.

A king salmon during the 67th annual Golden North Salmon Derby at the Don D. Statter Memorial Boat Harbor in August 2013. (Michael Penn/Juneau Empire)
Local resident Betty George, 84, prepares for a ride on a helicopter on Feb. 6, 2019 at South Peninsula Hospital in Homer, Alaska. (Photo courtesy South Peninsula Hospital)

Local woman crosses helicopter ride off her bucket list

After 84 years, a local woman was able to cross a major item off her bucket list with the help of staff from South Peninsula… Continue reading

Local resident Betty George, 84, prepares for a ride on a helicopter on Feb. 6, 2019 at South Peninsula Hospital in Homer, Alaska. (Photo courtesy South Peninsula Hospital)
The M/V Tustumena returns to Homer on Aug. 1, 2010, after spending the day in Seldovia, Alaska. (Homer News file photo)

Governor proposes cutting ferry funding at the end of the summer

New budget calls for 75 percent reduction

The M/V Tustumena returns to Homer on Aug. 1, 2010, after spending the day in Seldovia, Alaska. (Homer News file photo)

City mulls funding for faith-based program that could bring addiction treatment center to Homer

The city of Homer is taking a step back after initial steps to help fund a nonprofit that wants to set up a residential treatment… Continue reading

Gov. Mike Dunleavy speaks with his cabinet members at the Capitol on Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Dunleavy releases budget

Proposed cuts could impact university system, public schools

Gov. Mike Dunleavy speaks with his cabinet members at the Capitol on Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
Homer Mayor Ken Castner, center, questions ENSTAR Natural Gas officials Lindsay Hobson, left, foreground, and David Bell at the Feb. 11, 2019 Homer City Council meeting in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Council grills ENSTAR on tariff proposal

Following recent revelations that ENSTAR Natural Gas had recalculated how long it would take to pay off its share of constructing a 22-mile natural gas… Continue reading

Homer Mayor Ken Castner, center, questions ENSTAR Natural Gas officials Lindsay Hobson, left, foreground, and David Bell at the Feb. 11, 2019 Homer City Council meeting in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
Adm. Matthew T. Bell Jr., 17th District Commander, U.S. Coast Guard, speaks at a memorial service for Chief Warrant Officer Michael Kozloski on Friday morning, Feb. 8, 2019, at the Seafarer’s Memorial on the Homer Spit, Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Homer remembers Coast Guard member Michael Kozloski

On a sunny, calm day with fair seas on Kachemak Bay, about 150 people attended a memorial service for Chief Warrant Officer Michael Kozloski last… Continue reading

Adm. Matthew T. Bell Jr., 17th District Commander, U.S. Coast Guard, speaks at a memorial service for Chief Warrant Officer Michael Kozloski on Friday morning, Feb. 8, 2019, at the Seafarer’s Memorial on the Homer Spit, Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
Members of the Krewe of Gambrinus march down Pioneer Avenue on Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019 during the Winter Carnival Parade in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Photos: Winter Carnival Parade

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Members of the Krewe of Gambrinus march down Pioneer Avenue on Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019 during the Winter Carnival Parade in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)
A group of teachers gather outside the entrance to West Homer Elementary and Big Fireweed Academy wearing “red for ed” Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2019 in Homer, Alaska. Teachers around the Kenai Peninsula demonstrated this week to bring awareness to the contract negotiation situation with the school district. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Teachers, unions getting frustrated by contract negotiations

Teachers and representatives from the unions that represent them are speaking up about their frustrations with the current contract negotiations with the Kenai Peninsula Borough… Continue reading

A group of teachers gather outside the entrance to West Homer Elementary and Big Fireweed Academy wearing “red for ed” Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2019 in Homer, Alaska. Teachers around the Kenai Peninsula demonstrated this week to bring awareness to the contract negotiation situation with the school district. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)
Chief Warrant Officer Michael Kozloski, center, his wife, Brienne, and their four children in an undated photo. (Photo by Brienne Kozloski and used with permission)

Community rallies for family of dead Coast Guardsman

Correction: The story has been corrected to add that the Homer Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center is the main sponsor of a barbecue fundraiser… Continue reading

Chief Warrant Officer Michael Kozloski, center, his wife, Brienne, and their four children in an undated photo. (Photo by Brienne Kozloski and used with permission)

Winter Carnival honors Coast Guard

The landscape might be silver and shimmery with ice and snow, but for this year’s annual Homer Winter Carnival, it’s golden days as the city… Continue reading

One of several beer label submissions sits on display Friday, Feb. 1, 2019 at a First Friday event at Grace Ridge Brewery in Homer, Alaska. The Brackish Brown ale, bottled with the winning label, was available at the event. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Kachemak Bay Research Reserve unveils winning beer label

Who says science and suds don’t mix? In celebrating its upcoming 20th anniversary, the Kachemak Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve decided to put a little… Continue reading

One of several beer label submissions sits on display Friday, Feb. 1, 2019 at a First Friday event at Grace Ridge Brewery in Homer, Alaska. The Brackish Brown ale, bottled with the winning label, was available at the event. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)
Skiers young and old take off at the start of the annual Ski for Women, which benefits South Peninsula Haven House, on Sunday, Feb. 3, 2019 at the Lookout Mountain Trails near Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Ski for Women puts fun above fast

There are no points for speed, only for creativity. This, perhaps not surprisingly, is the mantra of Homer’s Ski for Women. While events that take… Continue reading

Skiers young and old take off at the start of the annual Ski for Women, which benefits South Peninsula Haven House, on Sunday, Feb. 3, 2019 at the Lookout Mountain Trails near Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)
The Homer Education and Recreation Complex at the corner of the Sterling Highway and Pioneer Avenue. (Homer News file photo)

City seeks letters of interest from possible HERC tenants

The Homer Education and Recreation Complex could soon have a new caretaker, and the city wants to know who’s up for the job. The Homer… Continue reading

The Homer Education and Recreation Complex at the corner of the Sterling Highway and Pioneer Avenue. (Homer News file photo)
Homer Volunteer Fire Department emergency medical technicians treat a U.S. Coast Guard crew member injured when a crane tipped over at the Pioneer Dock on the Homer Spit on Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019, in Homer, Alaska. The man was later pronounced dead. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News.)

Coast Guard releases name of crane accident victim

A crew member of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Hickory died in an industrial accident on the Homer Spit on Thursday. The man was fatally… Continue reading

Homer Volunteer Fire Department emergency medical technicians treat a U.S. Coast Guard crew member injured when a crane tipped over at the Pioneer Dock on the Homer Spit on Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019, in Homer, Alaska. The man was later pronounced dead. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News.)
Homer Volunteer Fire Department emergency medical technicians treat a person injured when a crane tipped over at the Pioneer Dock on the Homer Spit at about 1:55 p.m. Jan. 31, 2019, in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News.)

Hickory crew member killed in crane rollover on Homer Spit

Update: The U.S. Coast Guard on Thursday evening announced that the victim has died. A crew member of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Hickory has… Continue reading

Homer Volunteer Fire Department emergency medical technicians treat a person injured when a crane tipped over at the Pioneer Dock on the Homer Spit at about 1:55 p.m. Jan. 31, 2019, in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News.)

Anchor Point to Homer trunk line surcharge balloons

The lower Kenai Peninsula’s deal to help pay for a natural gas distribution line from Anchor Point to Homer could cost gas users more than… Continue reading